Airdrie Fire Department crews responded to a house fire in Thorburn on Feb. 17 – a blaze that caused approximately $20,000 in property damages.
According to a press release from the City of Airdrie, the call came in just before 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
"On arrival crews found heavy smoke coming from the attached garage at the front of the home," the release stated. "The fire was located in the engine compartment of a pick-up truck where the homeowner had managed to partially extinguish the fire prior to the arrival of the fire department."
The first arriving fire crew from the Kings Heights Station was able to quickly extinguish the vehicle fire. Fire crews then checked the home for fire extension using thermal imaging cameras, then evacuated the smoke and carbon monoxide from the home using ventilation fans.
Both occupants of the home and a pet exited safely, according to the release. One of the occupants was assessed for smoke inhalation on scene by Emergency Medical Services personnel.
The cause of the fire is currently undetermined but considered accidental in nature,a the City stated, adding property damage is estimated at $20,000.
In light of the incident, the Airdrie Fire Department wants to promote the message that "a portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire" or containing it until the fire department arrives.
"If the fire does not go out after using one extinguisher, back out of the area, close the door if possible, get safely outside and call 9-1-1," the release stated.